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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-18

Creepy Start - And More to Come

I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the series.
I find it annoying when writers rely on cheap tricks to scare the reader or listener, like lots of gore, disturbing or shocking content. Ambrose Ibsen, however, knows how to tell a creepy story using good storytelling.

Joe Hempel is THE PERFECT narrator for this series. He did a fantastic job of breathing life into this story.

Content: minor gore, a couple of f-bombs and a few other swears. This won’t freak you out at night. Rather it is a great story that happens to be a bit creepy

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-18

If you get through it, Bio is a must

This is one of the most depressing, hopeless audiobooks I've experienced. I nearly abandoned this audiobook about 3/4 way through. Though I'm glad I didn't, this was a tough one to get through. The writing is magnificent (why it has 4 "overall" stars). But I could barely stomach the story. The narrator was good, but the sardonic tone began to grate. I didn't care for the MC as her tone is hypocritical and self-righteous and disdainful. The writing is stellar and deserved a more subtle, nuanced performance. As listeners, we "get" it. As it is, the MC is 1 dimensional.

I am glad I listened to the biography. It explained much, and made me realize that one of the gifts from this author, is in making me uncomfortable and wondering if I really liked the story. Honestly, I loved and hated it all at once. And the narration was less heavy and didn't get in the way of it. I began to empathize with the MC, and the author after I listened to it.



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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-18

Outstanding Performance, Unique Tale

I was hooked from the start. Lauren Ezzo performs this beautifully written, unique tale with captivating nuance. Ezzo is a masterful story teller, blending the art of pause, silence and characterisation that is superb. Masterfully written, M. Dressler honors the intellect of the reader and listener. This may be the best audiobook I've had the pleasure to listen to in the past several years. A real pleasure, a work of art, this is a must for every library.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-17

Is Dan Stevens a God Fit?

It's not always the case that a recognized actor is also a great narrator. It is with the highest recommendation that I suggest this version of the Agatha Christie classic, and it is because of Dan Stevens.
I've listened to multiple versions and often more than once. Hugh Fraser is wonderful too, along with full cast dramas, and it isalways difficult not to compare.

Initially, it took a ome getting used to a new - to - me narrator. After my first listen, I am sure Mr. Stevens will go on my list of favorites.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-17

Moving Story, Stellar Narration

I am a huge fan of Jayne Entwisle. So when I began to listen to The War that Saved My Life, it was a delightful surprise to hear her voice.

the story: the journey of Ada, Jaimie and Susan is magical. it unfolds slowly, giving the listener glimpse into the mind of a child who has experienced severe trauma. I fell in love with each character as the story progressed.

the narration: as a fan of the Flavia DeLuce series, I've love Jayne Entwisle ' s ability to become each character to near perfection. I worried that I'd hear "Flavia" throughout this story. However, as a real pro, Ms. Entwisle paints a completely new landscape and characters. And it was lovely. This is the reason I live audiobooks.

well done - highly recommended!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-17

It gets better...

I very nearly gave up. Somewhere around chapter 25-40, I found myself going back and relistening several times over. It wasn't holding my attention.

I'm glad I did though, because the story takes off in a wholly unexpected direction. It was worth wading through the slow parts.

This is an A list of narrators. Some of the narration sounded a bit stilted but otherwise great. I'd recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-17

Wonderfully written

Loved this story. Very tender and heart wrenching without a predictable ending. Rich characters and unique and vivid descriptions pulled me in.

I enjoyed Noah's narration with one exception that was rather difficult to get past - he read too fast for me. I found myself wondering what just happened and he was on to the next thought. I would have loved to hear it slower, allowing the story to breathe. Other than that, the characters were great, the voice smooth and nice to listen to, and he did a very nice job with this.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Timeless story, wonderful narration

This classic piece is lovely; the writing delightful and the narration captivating.
Pearl Hewitt absolutely made this story shine. Her narration is spot on, and most especially the parts that require a Yorkshire dialect. Her seamless narration is truly a treat to be savored. Pearl easily transitions between characters, allowing listeners to completely lose themselves in the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this version of Secret Garden. At first, I was unused to the use of music between chapters, but I found myself looking forward to it. It gave it a unique and timeless feel.

If you enjoy classics, this one will not disappoint!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-17

I'll be listening again...and again..

Chock full of real and relevant steps to improve as an actor, and a business person. Definitely looking forward to listening again. I'm sure I'll learn something new with each lusten.
Love the tips that help avoid becoming a starving artist. Excellent performance by Sean Pratt.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-17

Performance was fine, story was good but...

Love Jane Austen - good story, nice narration but the poor production quality was very distracting for me. things like dead silence interrupting a breath, ends of words cut off, and one chapter that sounded like a different narrator altogether. The production quality made this difficult, at times jarring, to listen to.

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